June 23, 2014 at 11:42 PM
RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Education Foundation held its fifth annual ‘Randolph Rocks’ 5k marathon fundraiser on Saturday June 15, which started and ended at Randolph High School. On a beautiful morning, runners and walkers, both young and old, came out to support the REF and enjoy the weather with their fellow community members.
The race raised more than $30,000 for the Randolph Education Foundation, (REF) and a number of new records were set, including the highest number of registrants to date.
Seamus Higgins, Randolph High School student and track star, headlined the finish line by winning the race with an impressive time of 17:13. Randolph High School teacher and track coach Nick Albanito finished in second, and thirteen year-old Abby Loveys, daughter of Mayor Jim Loveys, was the first female to finish. Loveys, 13, finished in 20:31 minutes, capturing the first place overall for women for the second time in a row, and besting her time from last year by more than a minute.
REF Board President, Margaret Clark, was extremely pleased with the turnout of 657 total participants in the race, which amounts to over a hundred more than last year’s event. Clark was also ecstatic that nearly 40 local businesses helped sponsor the event to help further the education of the town’s youth. Countless volunteers also participated and helped facilitate a smoothly run event.
“It’s an event where community members, businesses, students and teachers come together to support one another. It’s what our foundation is all about,” said Clark.
While all of the runners finished the 5k in about an hour tops, there were also bikers on the trails. The Randolph Rescue Squad was showcasing its new rescue bicycles at the event that were recently purchased to help during emergencies that could occur in places such as the trails where an ambulance could not reach easily.
“It really gives us more flexibility on the trails to get to emergency places quickly and easily,” said Captain Todd Houston. These bicycles, in addition to emergencies, will also be used at special events with a lot of people in attendance, such as Randolph Rocks.
Prizes were awarded in more than a dozen categories, including top male and female runners, top male and female Randolph residents, and top male and female Randolph staff members. Taking the top female and male staff honors for the second year in a row were Shongum teacher Keri O’Donnell and Randolph High School teacher Nick Albanito. Albanito is also one of the REF’s 2014 Next Practices Grant award winners. Complete results are available at the Elite Racing website.
To celebrate the fifth year anniversary of the event, the REF, in conjuction with RHS art teacher Kelly Fogas, organized a contest for high school students to submit design ideas for the race t-shirt logo. RHS student Kevin Largacha’s winning design was featured on this year’s t-shirts.
More than 75 local and national companies and businesses helped support this event, including Gold Sponsors: BMW of Roxbury, Dr. Carol Bruning, Harbor Hills Day Camp, John Herold Jewelers, Morris Sussex Tutoring, Dr. Richard A. Newman, Pediatric Dental Associates, Randolph Diner, Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center, Rotary Club of Randolph, and Wells Fargo Insurance. Special Area Sponsors: BMW of Roxbury, Chizel Fitness, County College of Morris, Esposito’s Electric, Hunan Wok, Machios Food Service, Native Field Landscaping, Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center, Jeff Libman and Elizabeth McKenna of Wells Fargo Advisors; Volunteer T-Shirt Sponsor: Daniel Limone Painting and Restoration.